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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Ampbot: Like a Robot on a Segway With a Boom Box

Ampbot: Like a Robot on a Segway With a Boom Box
Hot off the presses is the A.M.P.Bot, a unique roller-bot that moves around using a gyroscopic balancing system that works much like the Segway Personal Transporter. A.M.P. stands for “Automated Musical Personality”. That’s because the wheeled robot can follow you around and play your tunes wherever you go.

Lightpipe is a Pipe-Shaped Light

Lightpipe is a Pipe-Shaped Light
The Lightpipe is a supercool light that looks like an industrial pipe. I love how they’ve photographed it next to “real” pipes, but on the flip side it makes it a bit difficult to imagine what it might look like, say, in one’s own living room.

Trains That Pick You Up Without Stopping

Trains That Pick You Up Without Stopping
This is a concept for Singapore’s Metro Rail Line so that trains can pick people up without ever stopping. That sounds impossible, right? The idea is that people who want to board the train get into a smaller car that piggybacks onto the moving train as it passes through the station.

“Take a Seat” is a Robotic Chair That Follows You Around

“Take a Seat” is a Robotic Chair That Follows You Around
The “take a seat” chair is a robotic chair that follows you around! The user has a library card embedded with an RFID chip, which the chairs use to find and follow their target. Also, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

Bowling for Gnomes

Bowling for Gnomes
While this doesn’t really qualify as a techie gadget or a video game, I came across this quirky game and thought it was just too good to pass up. Instead of knocking over some ordinary pins with this bowling game, you knock over a bunch of little plastic lawn gnomes.

Sneakers Detect Wi-Fi While You Walk

Sneakers Detect Wi-Fi While You Walk
“A Step in the Right Direction” is a sneaker that detects Wi-Fi while you walk, via a tricky network detection unit embedded under the left shoe flap. The three LEDs on the flap (supposedly) show you how much Wi-Fi action is within 50 meters.

Car Hood Airbags Protect Pedestrians From Bad Drivers

Car Hood Airbags Protect Pedestrians From Bad Drivers
When I think of airbags, I picture them inside the car. But what if we equipped cars with outer airbags to protect pedestrians? That’s exactly what Toyoda Gosei (an offshoot of Toyota) has done with these prototypes: they’ve equipped cars with camera and radar sensors to detect pedestrians and (presumably) activate the outer airbags to protect anyone within range of the car.

LED/LCD Cat Clock Glares at You With Glowing Eyes

LED/LCD Cat Clock Glares at You With Glowing Eyes
Somewhere around 3 or 4 in the morning, at the deepest point of my R.E.M. sleep, my orange tabby insists on jumping into the bed, meowing incessantly, as he plots to claw my eyeballs out. Now I’ve got a whole different way for a cat to freak me out and jar me awake from my slumber.

Creepy 3d Anime Girl is a Pc Casemod for Lonely Fellas

Creepy 3d Anime Girl is a Pc Casemod for Lonely Fellas
This (somewhat creepy) 3D anime lass is actually hiding a nefarious secret- behind her back lurks a dastardly PC mod! Um, wow, I guess if you’re really lonely and have a lot of time on your hands this is a good idea.

Shoes Embedded With Working Nintendo Gameboys

Shoes Embedded With Working Nintendo Gameboys
These ostentatious shoes and boots are embedded with working Gameboys. The best part? You can pop out the Gameboys and play with them! Like almost every other cutting-edge, kooky techno-fashion mashup, these have been spotted on teenage girls in Japan.

Robot Beggars – That’S All We Need Now.

Robot Beggars – That’S All We Need Now.
Now I’m sympathetic to those who have fallen on hard times, many of us still find people who beg for money to be irritating. So why someone would go through the trouble of building a robot that begs for spare change is anyone’s guess.

Cisco Unveils Star Wars-Esque Hologram Communication

Cisco Unveils Star Wars-Esque Hologram Communication
Cisco has unveiled and demonstrated their new On-Stage TelePresence Holographic Video Conferencing. In layman’s terms, it means that now you can actually do that thing they do in Star Wars when they talk to a Princess Leia hologram, and I have to say, it looks quite convincing.

Giant Keyboard Requires Massive Fingers (or Toes)

Giant Keyboard Requires Massive Fingers (or Toes)
If you’ve ever complained that the keys on your computer are too small for your fingers, have I got a keyboard for you. This ginormous keyboard is so big – How big is it, Bob? – It’s so big that in order to type on it, you need to walk almost 20 feet to get from one end of the keyboard to the other.

Show Your Bulletin Board Who’S Boss With Ninja Tacks

Show Your Bulletin Board Who’S Boss With Ninja Tacks
Since the average work day affords so few opportunities to assert one’s ninja prowess, you can make up for that with these ninja tacks by Chromoly. They’re designed to look like you’ve just gone through a fit of rage and thrown ninja stars at your bulletin board from across the room.

Water Resistant Laptop on the Cheap

Water Resistant Laptop on the Cheap
Ever find the need to use your computer while standing out in the rain? Me neither. While the handful of folks who really need to could drop a few thousand bucks on a military-grade waterproof laptop, here’s a much simpler, brute-force solution for keeping your laptop safe and dry on a rainy day.

Humanoid Robot Learns to Make an Omelet

Humanoid Robot Learns to Make an Omelet
There seems to be an ever-mounting pile of evidence that leads me to believe that robots really ARE going to take over the world. This video series of a super snappy Fujitsu robot learning to make an omelet is definitely not quelling my fears!